Dave Meyer

All Things Considered Host

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KPLU news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology. Dave’s first job out of college was at WMRE in Boston, where he was mentored by legendary jazz and news radio host Norm Nathan.

Dave's most memorable KPLU moment: “Interviewing Phil Austin and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre. Listening to their surreal comedy albums at an early age inspired me to seek out a career in radio, and it was an honor to share the airwaves with them.”

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Let's turn carbon emissions into something useful

The TransAlta facility in Centralia is Washington's only coal-fired power plant
Robert Ashworth flickr.com

The average coal-fired power plant spews out more than a million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year.

Wouldn't it be great if that greenhouse gas could be put to good use?

On this month's edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service Publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that all that carbon could be used to make fuel, chemicals and other products.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Facing down the specter of student loans

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Total student loan debt in the United States has reached the $1 trillion mark

Thanks to the down economy, many of the students graduating from college this spring are worried about how they're going to make their loan payments.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer there are a few ways to ease the burden.

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Zoos
2:11 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Snow leopard triplets at Woodland Park Zoo

One of the snow leopard triplets at Woodland Park
Woodland Park Zoo

Spring is in the air! First, it was a litter of endangered red wolf pups at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. Now, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is announcing the arrival of three endangered, yet adorable, snow leopard cubs.

Zoo officials say the cubs were born May 2nd and are just now opening their eyes. This is the second litter for 7-year-old Helen and 6-year-old Tom. The cubs will stay secluded in their mother's den for now, but may go on public display in July.

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Zoos
2:03 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Endangered red wolf pups born at Point Defiance Zoo

Millie's pups began arriving on Mother's Day
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

At least 6 red wolf pups have been born at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA).

Millie, an 8-year-old, gave birth to the pups over a 30 hour period that began Sunday night. The father is 9-year-old Graham. The mother and pups are secluded in an out of view den area in the Red Wolf Woods exhibit.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Lessons learned from JPMorgan Chase's unexpected loss

The Chase Bank branch at New York City's Chrysler building
Michael Daddino flickr.com

JPMorgan Chase is the largest banking corporation in America. It stood out as a beacon of stability during the recent U.S. financial meltdown. But not anymore.

The bank shocked Wall Street last week with a $2 billion loss. More losses may be on the way.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at some of the lessons to be learned from this surprising development.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

How fast should you spend your IRA in retirement?

401kcalculator.org

Retirement planning can be hard. Traditional, defined benefit pensions are going the way of the dodo bird. The majority of us will depend on a mix of Social Security, IRAs and 401(k) plans.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the best way to take money out of your IRA during "the golden years".

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Zoos
1:52 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Wild pigs are in hog heaven at the Woodland Park Zoo

Visayan Warty Pigs
Woodland Park Zoo

Wild pigs are making their debut at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo this weekend. Domestic pigs have long been a fixture at the zoo's Family Farm, but this is the first time wild pigs have been on display.

Three critically endangered Visayan warty pigs are moving into Elephant Forest exhibit near the elephant pool.

Two warthogs are taking up residence in the 4.5 acre African Savanna exhibit, which also includes giraffe, hippos, gazelles, zebras and monkeys. 

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Science
1:32 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

WSU students build a robosub

The robosub on a test run at the Albrook Hydraulics lab
WSU

A group of computer science and electrical engineering seniors at Washington State University is building an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), otherwise known as a robosub.

The underwater robot will be entered this July in the 15th International RoboSub Competition. The contest, in San Diego, is co-sponsored by the AUVSI Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

China, telecommunications and national security collide

Huawei's booth at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas
John Roling flickr.com

China's largest telecommunications company has a "trust issue."

Huawei is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. It manufactures equipment for telephone and broadband networks. The only larger telecom in the world is Swedish-based Ericsson.

The Australian government recently announced Huawei would not be allowed to bid on that country's National Broadband Network, due to security concerns.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson was in Australia at the time, and applauds the decision. He talks about it with KPLU's Dave Meyer on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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The surreal
5:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

A tribute to the Firesign Theatre's Peter Bergman

The Firesign Theatre

The surreal humor quartet known as the Firesign Theatre is now a trio.

Founding member Peter Bergman passed away March 9th due to complications from leukemia. He was 72, and in recent years lived on Whidbey Island.

Over the past 40+ years, the Firesign Theatre recorded dozens of albums, and often appeared on NPR. Their work pushed the creative boundaries of radio and inspired a generation of broadcasters, including many of us at KPLU.

The remaining members of the group, Phil Austin, David Ossman and Phil Proctor, are presenting a “Big Brouhaha” tribute to Peter Bergman this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center

Phil Austin lives near Tacoma and spoke with KPLU’s Dave Meyer.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Income disparity in U.S. is a big problem, but is there a solution?

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 “The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.”

It may be a tired old cliché, but it's true.

The gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent continues to widen, and it could pose dire consequences for the economy and society in general.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU’s Dave Meyer tackle the issue of income disparity on this week’s Money Matters.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds

401kcalculator.org

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular alternative to mutual funds.

Are they right for you? 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.

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The Digital Future
4:00 am
Tue March 27, 2012

What happens when computers transcend human limitations?

IBM's Watson, the first computer to become a champion on Jeopardy!
John Tolva flickr.com

According to Moore’s Law, computing power doubles every two years. Processing power has been increasing at that rate for more than 50 years.

What happens when our machines can perceive the world far better than we mere humans can?

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson and KPLU’s Dave Meyer ponder the implications on this month’s edition of The Digital Future.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Could Allan Mecham be the next Warren Buffett?

Tracy O flickr.com

Every investor dreams of beating the market. But very few money managers are able to pull it off on a consistent basis.

SmartMoney magazine recently profiled a fund manager who has beaten the odds. Allan Mecham, of Arlington Value Management, has racked up an impressive 400 percent gain in the past 12 years. An initial investment of $100,000 in his fund 12 years ago would be worth $500,000 today.

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Charity
2:02 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Seattle men wear kilts to benefit the Ronald McDonald House

Snowboarding pioneer and former Seattle Ronald McDonald House resident Carter Turk
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska

In light of our recent I Wonder Why feature on utilikilts, we couldn't resist telling you about this new sartorial-themed fundraiser for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.

Eighteen local men are vying for the title of King of the Kilt 2012 and have posed for pictures in their kilts.

Contestants include a police officer, a principal dancer with the Pacific NW Ballet, a member of the  Seattle Sounders FC and a Seahawk. Members of the public are invited to donate $25 in order to vote for their favorites at the Men in Kilts website. 

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